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Mechanism vs. Mechanic

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Cazaril
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« on: July 23, 2014, 03:25:00 am »

I noticed while watching a 2d6.org video with UndeadViking and Scott Nicholson that there was a serious correction by Scott.

"Mechanism" NOT "Mechanic"

He was really correcting poor Lance on this. 

Just thought you should know - maybe the professor is right.  Use "Mechanism", not "Mechanic".

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 07:16:39 am »

Dunno. I think 'mechanic' is too ingrained in the hobby. It's taken on its own meaning in the context of gaming. This is the cool thing about the English language - it morphs.
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 08:43:34 am »

I like mechanism better, but do not see this as as serious a flaw as the
misuse of theme or scale.

Still, the definition of 'mechanic' is clearly inapplicable. Mechanics however:

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the branch of applied mathematics dealing with motion and forces producing motion.

could maybe be twisted into usage. It's a stretch.
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